About 175 athletes competed in a 4.2-mile fundraising run and walk on Melton Lake Greenway on Sunday morning.
The first annual Battle for the Secret City Greenway Run/Walk raised money for park benches on a recent extension of the trail, said Frank Chmielewicz, race director and former president of the Oak Ridge Track Club. It also raised awareness of the new 2.4-mile extension, which starts atÂ the Edgemoor Road bridge over the Clinch River and ends at Solway Park East.
Money was raised through registration fees and donations, Chmielewicz said.
Runners traveled from cities such as Clinton, Knoxville, Memphis, Nashville, Rockwood, and Sweetwater to compete Sunday.
Ed Wright of Oak Ridge crossed the finish line first, completing the run in 24:29.
James Grufferty of Ireland, who used to run for East Tennessee State University was second, with a time of 25:21. Jeremy Sexton of Clinton was third with a time of 26:20.
The race started near the Oak Ridge Rowing Association Boathouse and ended at the west end of Haw Ridge Park.
Wright was first in the male open division.
Rodney Grugin of Lenoir City finished first in the male master over-40 division with a time of 27:53. Jody Hinds of Maryville finished first in the male grandmaster over-50 division with a time of 34:13.
Overall female winner was Amy Viars of Powell; she finished the run in 28:42.
Stephanie Mason of Clinton was the female master winner with a time of 31:11, and Lori McAlister of Oak Ridge was the grandmaster winner, completing the course in 36:47.
Winners were also announced in other age divisions: 1-10, 15-18, 19-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, and 65-69, and male 75-over.
The oldest competitor, Mike Muirhead of Oak Ridge, 76, ran the 4.23-mile course in 57:12.
The youngest, Maloria Moore of Knoxville, 6, completed it in 1:07.